Year Released: 1971
You know a film is good when it has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of over 55 votes. Roger Ebert also gave the film a 4/4 in his review, saying that the movie “felt new and old at the same time.”
The Last Picture Show won two Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards in 1972, for both Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role.
Year Released: 2015
This adorable animated tale from Pixar and Disney tells the story of a young Midwestern girl who’s forced to deal with a cross-country move when her parents uproot her life and move out to California. Her emotions, Joy, Fear, Disgust, Sadness, and Anger come to life and try and help her cope.
The film has a 98% rating out of a whopping 362 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed nearly $858 million at the box office.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Year Released: 1946
This 1946 fantasy drama film is an American Christmastime classic. Produced and directed by Frank Capra, it’s based on a short story called The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern.
The film, and its director, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture, and that was one of many other accolades the production received. It’s a Wonderful Life is widely hailed as being one of the best movies of all time.
The Maltese Falcon
Year Released: 1941
A film noir from the 1940s, The Maltese Falcon was both written and directed by John Huston and based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett.
During the 14th Academy Awards, the film received three nominations, including for the award of Best Picture. After Warner Bros. saw how successful the first film was, they discussed creating a sequel. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get the original cast together and it was never made. Luckily, the film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1989.
The Night of the Hunter
Year Released: 1955
This 1950’s film-noir focuses on the tale of a preacher who goes off the rails and on to a murder spree. The film was directed by actor Charles Laughton, his only feature-length film in which he wasn’t acting.
Roger Ebert gave the film a 4/4 rating, and it holds a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes out of nearly 70 votes. The film is available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video, where it also has a stellar rating of 4.3/5.